The NFL regular season is almost upon us and now that we’re through three weeks of preseason fans have an idea of what the team is going to look like. So without further ado we get into the things we learned from Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Needs improvement: Wide Receivers
Unfortunately one of the things we watched happen on Sunday was a devastating knee injury suffered by Cameron Meredith. Meredith, a breakout player in 2016 and the Bears’ top receiver for 2017 was diagnosed with a torn ACL and is expected out for the year. With Meredith out of commission that means the Bears absolutely need the Kevin White of old to show up. The Kevin White that was a freak athlete and take the top off defenses. White was expected to be the number two receiver behind Meredith but now White must stay on the field and show both brass and fans alike why he was taken with a top-ten pick. Elsewhere on the WR depth chart names like Tanner Gentry and Daniel Braverman will have a better chance of sticking on the roster and making a name for themselves while Meredith is out.
Which of the quarterback will be throwing to those receivers?
The quarterback competition is officially ON after strong showings by both Mitchell Trubisky and Mike Glennon on Sunday. Both quarterbacks threw for over 100 yards, each had a touchdown and threw no interceptions. Glennon has been touted as the starter ever since Trubisky was drafted but through the first two weeks of preseason the rookie had outplayed the veteran considerably. But in week three Glennon showed everyone why the coaching staff has been backing him so hard. With the fans clamoring for Trubisky to start for weeks Glennon is showing why Ryan Pace was willing to give him a 45 million dollar contract. With the preseason finished for the starters it looks as if Glennon will open up week 1 under center.
Week 3 standouts:
Jordan Howard: RB
Howard was inactive in week 2 due to an eye injury, but he ran decisively and with trademark power against Tennessee. Although he had 12 rushes for just 45 yards, Howard showed the skills are still there to make him one of the best backs in the league. Once the offensive line is fully healthy Howard will be ready to run all over the league again.
Akiem Hicks: DE
Hicks had a career year with the Bears last year and looks primed to continue making a name for himself in year two. Hicks had a sack on Sunday and was consistently disrupting the Titans offense. Watch out for Hicks to be a real difference maker on a strong Bears front seven.
Stat to know: Bears time of possession 32:47
The Bears had nearly six minutes more time of possession than Tennessee on Sunday. This is important because the Bears had trouble beating opponents in this category last year. The Bears couldn’t keep the ball for long periods of time and thus the defense would be gassed at the end of games. No matter how good a defense might be once their exhausted they won’t be as good. With the Bears looking to be boasting a better offense the defense can easily be a top-ten unit.